Stay entertained with FREE activities this winter

We all feel the pinch a little more this time of year, with the expense of Christmas gradually stacking up.

Don’t sacrifice your sense of adventure to afford the perfect gifts. Check out our list of free things to do across the UK this winter.


1. The Garden at 120, London

During the winter months, this is the perfect location to appreciate the iconic London skyline out in the refreshing open air. As it’s a public garden, admission to The Garden at 120 is free. But unlike the neighbouring Sky Garden, you don’t need to book a ticket in advance, simply arrive at your own leisure! Bring your own food to enjoy a picnic with a view. Or, if you get a little too chilly, there’s a café on the floor just below.

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2. Free movies at Tyneside Bar Cafe, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

As a leading independent cinema, Tyneside displays many efforts to make great movies accessible to everyone. In addition to showing new releases and classics in the main cinema, Tyneside runs free movies weekly in the bar café. Each Sunday little ones can enjoy a children’s classic at the Kids Sunday Brunch Club, free of charge. And for the more mature movie fans, Monday Night Movies are available at only £3 with a soft drink from the bar – £5 if you fancy a tipple!

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3. Discover the original Roman City walls, London

The walls which protected the original City of London were built by the Romans around 1800 years ago. While little remains of the original wall which stretched almost 3 miles long, parts of it can still be found across London at no cost. Glimpse the original ruins in the grounds of the Museum of London (which you can also enter for free), the Barbican Estate, a hotel courtyard on Coppers Row in St Alphege Gardens and just off Wood Street. Surprisingly, the most impressive location to explore the Roman ruins is Tower Hill Tube Station. On the westbound platform, you can find a small cutting in the modern station wall, revealing a section of Roman wall beneath. Above ground, you’ll find a large chunk of the wall looms over the tube station entrance, and in the garden there’s an original Roman statue.

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3. National Railway Museum, York

Hosting an impressive collection of iconic locomotives and engineering excellence, the National Railway Museum is a great day out for all the family. Recognised this year as one of Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice: Best of the Best in the Top 10 Attractions category, you won’t want to miss this one. Get up close and personal with the Japanese Bullet Train and admire the world’s fastest steam locomotive – Mallard. Entry to the museum is free although we recommend booking tickets to save time on arrival.

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5. Hands on History Museum, Hull

Located in the original grammar school where the famous William Wilberforce studied, the Hands on History Museum aims to educate children using an interactive approach. Featuring an Egyptian Gallary, an almost 3,000 year old mummy and the Story of Hull, there is nothing short of adventure available here. Go back in time to visit Victorian Britain, then admire the unique replicas of King Tutankhamun’s treasures.

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